The School of Medicine’s Board of Visitors is a small group of eminent leaders from business, academia, medicine, science and public policy, with and without ties to Alabama or UAB, who serve as advocates and advisors on strategy, philanthropic initiatives, and community engagement, and by providing independent perspectives on School of Medicine initiatives.

Co-chaired by Ted W. Love, MD, and Gail H. Cassell, PhD, the board meets twice annually to advise Senior Vice President and Dean Selwyn M. Vickers, MD, FACS, in support of the School of Medicine’s vision of becoming the Preferred Academic Medical Center of the 21st Century.

Mary C. Battle, MSHA

Mary C. Battle, MSHA

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Mary Battle is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing with a bachelor of science degree in nursing. She earned a master of science degree in health care administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

For many years, Mrs. Battle worked in the health care industry, both in the clinical setting and for health care corporations that developed and managed physician provider networks, including the development of strategically significant relationships with payors, business and industry.

Mrs. Battle was named to the Arthritis Foundation’s National Board of Directors in September 2014, and chairs the Arthritis Foundation Advisory Board in its Birmingham market. She is also a member of the Volunteer Engagement Task Team for the Arthritis Foundation. In addition, Mrs. Battle is active in fundraising activities for UAB’s efforts to develop more effective treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. She and her husband are also members of UAB’s Stem Cell Institute Board.

She is married to William R. (Bill) Battle III, and has one daughter.

Tom A. Blount

Tom A. Blount

Los Angeles, California

Tom Blount is an architect, AIDS activist and arts patron with deep Alabama roots.

Born in Montgomery on VJ Day, 1945, Mr. Blount is one of five children of Winton M. Blount, who served as Postmaster General of the United States under President Richard Nixon and was a philanthropist and notable patron of the arts. The Blount Cultural Park in Montgomery is home to the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts and the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, for which Tom Blount serves as a board member. When he was in his mid-thirties, his father commissioned him to design the theater, and he also master planned the 250-acre park that serves as its setting.

Mr. Blount divides his time between Miami Beach and Los Angeles. With his sister, Kay, he owns a villa on the Amalfi Coast of Italy which is nearing the end of an eight-year-long restoration. Now retired as an architect, he has launched several real estate- and construction-related companies. In 2001 he produced The Trip, a film relating to social issues that interest him.

He is active in the LGBT community as a human rights and AIDS awareness activist. He routinely donates his time and money to such diverse groups as the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, African Parks Organization, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, the ACLU, UAB’s 1917 Clinic and Project Inform.
He attended Vanderbilt University and received his architectural degree from North Carolina State University, but considers his main education a life-long interaction with diverse peoples and distant lands.

Gail H. Cassell, Ph.D, Co-Chair

Gail H. Cassell, Ph.D, Co-Chair

Indianapolis, Indiana

Dr. Gail H. Cassell is Senior Lecturer, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and Senior Scientist, Division of Health Equity, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston. She recently retired from Eli Lilly and Co. as Vice President for Scientific Affairs and Distinguished Lilly Research Scholar in Infectious Diseases.

A native of Goodwater, Alabama, she earned her bachelor’s degree in microbiology at the University of Alabama where, in 1993, she was selected as one of the top 31 female graduates of the University’s Centennial of the admission of female students. She earned her Ph.D. in microbiology from UAB and chaired its Department of Microbiology for 10 years, during which it ranked first in NIH research funding.

Dr. Cassell is a key leader in policy and legislation related to biomedical research and public health. She has served as an advisor to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and as an invited participant in numerous Congressional hearings related to infectious diseases, anti-microbial resistance and biomedical research.

She has served on advisory boards for the Directors of the NIH and the Centers for Disease Control, the Secretary of Health and Human Services Advisory Council of Public Health Preparedness and the FDA’s Science Board. She just completed a four-year term as a member of the NIH Science Management Board, the newly appointed NIH Board of Trustees and the Advisory Council of the Fogarty International Center of NIH. Since 1996, she has been a member of the Steering Committee of the U.S.-Japan Cooperative Medical Science Program. She was instrumental in establishment of the U.S./Russia Cooperative Medical Sciences and Training Program under the Bilateral Presidential Commission in 2009. She was elected in 2011 to membership on the U.S Council of Foreign Relations.

Dr. Cassell has received numerous awards for her research in infectious diseases, including CDC Honor Award in Public Health for exceptional leadership of the CDC’s Emerging Infectious Disease Plan; FDA Commissioner’s Citation as Chair of the review of science and technology at the FDA and senior author of FDA: Science and Mission at Risk 2008; the Emmy Klineberger-Nobel Award in 2008 by the International Organization for Mycoplasmology; and the American Society for Microbiology/Federation of European Microbiology Societies Mäkelä–Cassell Exchange Program for pioneering international engagement for young scientists. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine and has recently completed a second three-year term on its governing board.

Dr. Cassell is a former member of the board of Research!America and chair of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund board. She recently completed terms on the Leadership Council of the School of Public Health of Harvard University, Executive Committee of Columbia University Medical Center Board of Visitors, and Dean’s Advisory Council for Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. She is a member of the Chancellor’s Advisory Cabinet for the University of Texas System and Advisory Council of the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health. She holds two honorary degrees (Doctor of Science, Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and Doctor of Philosophy, Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla, Puebla, Mexico).

Dr. Cassell and her husband, Ralph H. Cassell, retired Regional Executive of BBVA Compass Bank and former President of Compass Bank of Birmingham, have one daughter, Cynthia.

Sheri Cook, MBA, M.Ac.

Sheri Cook, MBA, M.Ac.

Birmingham, Alabama

Sheri S. Cook currently serves as Senior Vice President, Human Resources for Altec Inc. The Birmingham-based company is an industry-leading provider of products and services to the electric utility, telecommunication, tree care, lights and signs, and contractor markets.

Mrs. Cook graduated summa cum laude from Vanderbilt University in 1989, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics and classical studies. She is also a 1993 graduate of the University of Virginia Colgate Darden School’s MBA program, where she received the Faculty Award. In 2018, she received a Master of Accounting degree from UAB’s Collat School of Business.

Prior to 2013, Mrs. Cook’s career was primarily focused on economics and finance. She has held various positions of increasing responsibility in business development and finance at Sonat Inc., Protective Life Corp., and Altec Inc. She also co-founded and served as managing partner for an energy project management and development firm, Kinetic Partners LLC.

Since 2014, Mrs. Cook has served on the board of First US Bancshares Inc. (Nasdaq: FUSB), where she chairs the board’s Asset Liability Committee and also serves on the Compensation and Executive, Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees.

She also serves on the boards of the World Games 2022, the McWane Science Center Endowment and the United Way of Central Alabama, as well as the National Customer Advisory Council for the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and the Group Advisory Board for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama.

Previously, she co-chaired the Tocqueville Society Committee for the United Way of Central Alabama, served as President of the IPC Foundation, and held various leadership positions on the boards of the YWCA, Momentum, and the Junior League of Birmingham. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Birmingham and has also served as an elder and deacon at Independent Presbyterian Church.

Mrs. Cook and her husband Houston have two children, William and Sara Catherine.

Garry Crowder

Garry Crowder

Birmingham, Alabama

Garry B. Crowder is a lawyer, investment banker, and author. He is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Law and the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management. He also holds a M.Sc. degree from the University of Louisville and a B.S. degree from University of Missouri at Columbia.

Mr. Crowder started his professional career as a law clerk to the Honorable Thomas Gibbs Gee, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Judicial Circuit. He practiced law at Sidley & Austin in Chicago and shortly thereafter joined Morgan Stanley Asset Management where he became a Managing Director and Member of the Executive Committee. After Morgan Stanley Mr. Crowder founded, managed, and sold a number of hedge fund firms with assets totaling in excess of USD 10 billion - Ursa Capital LLC, Lyra Capital LLC, and Starview Capital LLC. Currently, he is the Director and Co–Founder of the Institute for Global Asset and Risk Management (INGARM.ORG), a 501(c) (3), dedicated to innovation and transparency in the global financial markets.

Within his not for profit work and in addition to INGARM, Mr. Crowder is a member of: Northwestern University’s Law School Board; the Advisory Board of the Center for International Securities and Derivatives Markets – University of Massachusetts – Amherst (CISDM); the Advisory Board of the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association (CAIA); the President’s Financial Advisory Board of the University of Missouri System; and, a former Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of The New School (New York).

Mr. Crowder has authored numerous books and articles relating to alternative investment structures, risk management and asset allocation and, is member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Alternative Investments.

William Eugene Davenport

William Eugene Davenport

Birmingham, Alabama

William Eugene (Gene) Davenport is the Vice Chairman of the Board of Russell Lands, Inc., a privately held company with several major operating divisions, including timberland management and the management of several hundred miles of shoreline property on Lake Martin. Mr. Davenport previously served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Russell Lands, Inc. and Qualifying Broker for the Real Estate Division from 1973 to 2003.

Mr. Davenport is currently a director of the board of the UAB Leadership Cabinet, and he also serves on the boards of, among others, BBVA Compass Bank; Hoar Construction; Children’s Harbor, Alexander City Campus and Children’s Hospital in Birmingham (Vice-Chairman and Founding Director); Alexander City Rotary Club (Past-President and Founding Director); Industrial Development Board of Tallapoosa County and Coosa Counties; Lake Martin Area Economic Development Alliance, Inc. (Founding Director and past Vice-Chairman); ARISE of Alexander City, a community program for the elderly (Founding Director and Managing Director); and Lake Martin Humane Society (Founding Director).

Mr. Davenport and his late wife, Sandra, have one son, Will Davenport. Mr. Davenport is an Elder at the First Presbyterian Church of Alexander City. He enjoys collecting antique fountain pens and antique and classic automobiles.

Nancy E. Dunlap, M.D., Ph.D., MBA

Nancy E. Dunlap, M.D., Ph.D., MBA

Birmingham, Alabama

Dr. Nancy E. Dunlap completed her internship, internal medicine residency, and fellowship in pulmonary disease and critical care medicine at the UAB Heersink School of Medicine. She has provided expertise in diverse areas ranging from pulmonary medicine and epidemiology to health care administration and national health care policy.

A former dean of the University of Virginia School of Medicine, she previously worked with the National Governors Association as Physician-in-Residence and on the Committee on Energy and Commerce in the U.S. House of Representatives as a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow, where she worked on the reauthorization of FDA legislation and issues related to Medicare, Medicaid, public health, and insurance.

Dr. Dunlap also served for 10 years as the medical director for the Alabama Department of Public Health Tuberculosis Program and previously held positions as chief of staff, vice president for Ambulatory Services, and chief operating officer of The Kirklin Clinic at UAB. Dr. Dunlap is currently a Professor Emerita in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at UAB and Scholar at the Lister Hill Center for Health Policy.

C.T. Fitzpatrick

C.T. Fitzpatrick

Birmingham, Alabama

C.T. Fitzpatrick founded Vulcan Value Partners in 2007. As Chief Investment Officer and Equity Analyst, Mr. Fitzpatrick leads a research team responsible for investing over $17 billion for a global client base. Since inception, three of Vulcan’s five strategies are ranked in the top 1% of managers in their respective categories, and the other two strategies are in the top 7%.1 As Chief Executive Officer he leads an organization recognized by Pensions & Investments as the Best Place to Work in Money Management for the third consecutive year.

Mr. Fitzpatrick is a board member of the University of Alabama Health Services Foundation, serves on the President’s Cabinet for the University of Alabama Board of Visitors, and founded the C.T. and Kelley Fitzpatrick Center for Value Investing at the University of Alabama’s Culverhouse College of Business. He is a member of the American Enterprise Institute’s (AEI) National Council, serves as Co-Chair of the Alabama Council of AEI, and is a member of the Society of International Business Fellows (SIBF). Mr. Fitzpatrick founded Bridge Builders Alabama whose mission is to develop high school students as future leaders who will lay aside individual, social, economic, and cultural differences and work for the benefit of all. 

Mr. Fitzpatrick enjoys speaking to conference audiences and has participated in Value Invest London, Value Invest New York, Columbia Student Investment Management Associate Conference, and the University of Alabama Capstone Student Investment Conference. 

Prior to founding Vulcan Value Partners, Mr. Fitzpatrick worked as a principal and portfolio manager at Southeastern Asset Management.  

Mr. Fitzpatrick earned an MBA in Finance from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. He also has a BS in Corporate Finance and a Minor in English from the University of Alabama. 

Mike Goodrich, J.D.

Mike Goodrich, J.D.

Birmingham, Alabama

Thomas Michael Goodrich was born in Milan, Tennessee, and moved to Birmingham in 1948. He graduated from Indian Springs School, earned a civil engineering degree from Tulane University, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Alabama School of Law. He served as a captain in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and as Alabama Chief Justice Howell Heflin’s first law clerk and later as his administrative assistant.

Mr. Goodrich began his career at BE&K in 1972 as legal counsel. His responsibility grew along with the company, and he became vice president and general counsel. In 1989, he was named president; in 1995, CEO; and in 2003, chairman. BE&K companies have built such diverse projects as Fulton County Stadium, Ericsson Stadium, Discovery Cove for Sea World, NASCAR Hall of Fame, and numerous industrial and telecommunications projects. In addition to work in the United States, BE&K operates an industrial construction company in Poland and Russia and a biotech-engineering firm in Helsinki, Finland. During his time as the company’s leader, BE&K was recognized by author Robert Levering and by Fortune magazine as “One of the 100 Best Companies to Work for in America.”

Mr. Goodrich is a director of Energen Corporation, Synovus Financial Corporation, and AGI Shorewood Group. He is a Trustee of the Eisenhower Fellowships, serves on the national board of the Boy Scouts of America, and served as an elder and deacon at South Highland Presbyterian Church.

During his career he has been recognized by numerous organizations. He was inducted into the National Academy of Construction in 2002. He received the Excellence in Construction Cornerstone Award by the Associated Builders and Contractors in 2002 and the NOVA award from the Construction Innovation Forum in 2003. He was inducted into the Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Academy of Honor in 2007, as well as the Alabama Business Hall of Fame in 2012. He received the Brewer/Torbert Public Service Award from Alabama Appleseed Center in 2011.

In 2003, after chairing the $392 million Campaign for UAB, he received the President’s Medal from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

He and his wife, Gillian White Goodrich, were honored by the Alabama Chapter of Fundraising Professionals as Outstanding Civic Leaders in 2004 and again as Outstanding Philanthropists in 2011. They have four children and eight grandchildren.

Harry B. Greenberg, M.D.

Harry B. Greenberg, M.D.

Palo Alto, California

Dr. Harry B. Greenberg is the Joseph D. Grant Professor of Medicine and Senior Associate Dean for Research at Stanford University School of Medicine. Over his career, Dr. Greenberg has a distinguished record of contributions to science and medicine, including both basic and clinical research. His knowledge and experience spans work at the NIH, academia and industry.

A native of New York City, he received his bachelor of arts degree from Dartmouth College and completed medical school at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons before residency training at Bellevue Hospital and a gastroenterology fellowship at Stanford University. He served as a research associate and medical office of the United States Public Health Service at the National Institutes of Health before joining the Stanford faculty in 1983.

Dr. Greenberg is the author of more than 300 peer-reviewed publications addressing seminal discoveries in viral genetics, immunology, immunopathogenesis, clinical epidemiology and vaccinology. He was the lead investigator for the first rotavirus vaccine. He has also played an important role in the evaluation of the third-generation rotavirus vaccine in a pivotal study funded by the Gates Foundation in India. Further, he is internationally recognized for his work in influenza, HBV, HCV and Norovirus.

Because of his deep scientific and translational research expertise, Dr. Greenberg has served on numerous international advisory and editorial boards and has been an invited speaker at virtually every important scientific meeting in virology, microbiology and immunology. That expertise in clinical and translational research has had a transformative impact on Stanford and has enabled and facilitated major collaboration across the entire university at Stanford as well as between the Stanford Medical Center and the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Hospital.

Dr. Greenberg and his wife, Diane, have two children and a new grandson.

Mimi Head

Mimi Head

Birmingham, Alabama

Maryam Birjani Head is Chairman and Majority Owner of Ram Tool & Supply Company Inc., which provides construction products for commercial projects ranging from concrete slabs and rebar to products that a company would need at the very end of a job, such as brooms and Windex. She also serves as chairman and CEO of Giles and Kendall Corporation, a manufacturer of aromatic cedar wood products with plants in Alabama and Missouri.

A native of Iran, she received her bachelor’s degree in political science from Western College for Women at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Mrs. Head spent 15 years doing volunteer work, then became a marketing officer at National Bank of Commerce before she purchased Ram Tool and Supply in 1984. At that time, the company was doing approximately $1.5 million to $2 million in sales each year. In 2007, after almost a quarter of a century under her leadership, the company surpassed $178 million in revenue and was the 33rd largest private company in Birmingham. It remains one of the nation’s largest woman-owned businesses.

In 2008, Mrs. Head told the Birmingham Business Journal that her strategy has been to try to instill a sense of urgency in the company, particularly in regards to customer service. “If you do the right thing, your business will succeed,” Mrs. Head said. That culture — as well as some strategic planning — helped the company experience sustained growth throughout its history. From one office in Birmingham with 12 employees, it has grown to 32 warehouse distribution centers and more than 700 employees across the eastern United States from Texas to Georgia, the Carolinas, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

She served on the Board of Directors for the Birmingham Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta from 2004 to 2011, and currently serves on the board of the UAB Health System. She is a past board member of the EyeSight Foundation of Alabama and is a member of Downtown Rotary. In 2003 she was inducted into the Alabama Hall of Fame for women business owners.

Mrs. Head and her late husband, Beverly Pierce Head III, have two adult daughters, Hillery Head Perkins and Maye Head Frei, both of whom serve in leadership roles with Ram Tool. A son, Barton Head, passed away in 1983.

Mary Heersink

Mary Heersink

Dothan, Alabama and Velp, The Netherlands

Mary Heersink is an internationally known food safety advocate and the author of E. Coli 0157: The True Story of a Mother’s Battle with a Killer Microbe. In it, she recounts the harrowing experience of her son Damion, who in 1992 at the age of 11 ate contaminated hamburger meat at a Boy Scout outing and spent six-and-a-half weeks near death in pediatric intensive care. Despite Damion’s ultimately victory over E. coli 0157, Mrs. Heersink found her confidence in our food safety systems shaken. Her encounters with ineffective government agencies led her to found STOP Foodborne Illness, a national grassroots public health organization dedicated to preventing illness and death from foodborne pathogens.  

She has recently created a web-based navigational map (stopfoodborneillness.org) which provides constituent support from first symptoms, through interventions and therapies, to long-term consequences and follow-up care for those who suffer severe disease by foodborne pathogens. 

Mrs. Heersink has served on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. She has also testified before the U.S. Congress and is frequently asked to present at scientific meetings, both nationally and internationally. 

Mrs. Heersink currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Masters of Global Heath Programme, a joint initiative between McMaster University in Canada, Maastricht University in the Netherlands, Manipal University in India, Thomassat University in Thailand, Rosario University in Columbia, Afhad University for Women in Sudan, and University College of South-East Norway. 

She also is serving or has served on Boards of Directors for numerous nonprofit and civic organizations in the Dothan area, including Boys and Girls Clubs of Dothan, the Wiregrass Museum of Art, Houston Academy, and Landmark Park. 

Mrs. Heersink has been married for 43 years to Dr. Marnix Heersink, an ophthalmologist in Dothan. (Mrs. Heersink’s father, Dr. Marshall Parks, is widely considered “the father of pediatric ophthalmology.”) The Heersinks have six children – including two ophthalmologists, a dentist, and three current medical students – and nine grandchildren. Mrs. Heersink splits her time between Dothan and Velp, The Netherlands, where the couple renovated a 16th-century castle in collaboration with a historical preservation foundation. 

Trained as an artist, Mary recently illustrated Strabismus Surgery, Innovative and Classical approaches by Irene H Ludwig, Thieme publishers and online at MedOne. 

She also donates her services to painting patient area murals at Radboud University Hospital, Nijmegen, the Netherlands. 

Jimmy Lee III

Jimmy Lee III

Birmingham, Alabama

James C. Lee III is the fourth generation of his family to serves as Chairman of the Board and CEO of the Buffalo Rock Company, one of the largest privately held, single-family owned Pepsi-Cola franchises in the United States.

Buffalo Rock began in 1901 and currently employs more than 2,000 employees in 13 locations in Alabama, Georgia and Florida. Serving a total population base of more than 6.5 million, the company provides wholesale beverage and snack sales, full-line vending and catering services. Buffalo Rock Company currently sells Pepsi, Mtn Dew, Dr Pepper, Sunkist, Grapico, Buffalo Rock Ginger Ale, Sunfresh Beverages flavors, Canada Dry, Gatorade, Fruit Shoot, Maxwell House, Lipton, Sobe, Amp and Rockstar.

Mr. Lee began his career with Buffalo Rock Company at the age of 12, working summers under his father’s direction. After graduating from Auburn University in 1970, he spent a year working with Pepsi-Cola Company, then joined Buffalo Rock Company on a full-time basis in 1971.
Corporate and personal community involvement is a Lee family tradition. Buffalo Rock makes significant contributions to the community through sponsorship of charitable events, including donations of time, services and product. Mr. Lee currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Children's Hospital of Alabama and as a director of the Birmingham Business Alliance, as well as past president of the Vestavia Hills Parks Foundation and of the Auburn University Athletic Development Council. The James C. Lee Endowed Chair for the Senior Vice President and Dean of Medicine was given by Mr. Lee in his father’s memory.

Mr. Lee and his wife, Jodi, have one son and a grandson.

Ted W. Love, M.D., Co-Chair

Ted W. Love, M.D., Co-Chair

San Francisco, California

Dr. Love joined GBT in June 2014 as president and chief executive officer with broad leadership and management experience in the biotech/pharmaceutical industry. Before that, he was executive vice president, research and development and technical operations, at Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc., where he played an instrumental role in initiating and completing several of Onyx’s first Phase 3 clinical trials. Prior to Onyx, Dr. Love served as president, chief executive officer and chairman of Nuvelo, Inc., where he led growth of the company to a market capitalization of $1 billion. Prior to that, he served as senior vice president, development, at Theravance, Inc. Earlier in his career, Dr. Love held a number of senior management positions in medical affairs and product development at Genentech, where he served as chairman of Genentech’s Product Development Committee. As vice president, product development, Dr. Love oversaw the development strategy and execution leading to approvals of Rituxan®, Herceptin®, Xolair®, TNKase®, Raptiva® and Avastin®. Dr. Love served as a consultant in medicine in the Department of Cardiology at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He currently serves on the boards of directors of Royalty Pharma and Seattle Genetics. He is also on the boards of Life Science Cares Bay Area and the Biotechnology Innovation Organization, for which he serves as chair of the Emerging Companies Section. Dr. Love holds a B.A. in molecular biology from Haverford College and an M.D. from Yale Medical School. He completed a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in cardiology at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

George D. Lundberg, M.D.

George D. Lundberg, M.D.

Los Gatos, California

George D. Lundberg, M.D., is President and Chair of the Board of Directors of The Lundberg Institute and serves on its Board of Directors. A consulting professor at Stanford University, Editor-at-Large at MedPage Today and Editor-in-Chief of Cancer Commons from Collabrx, Dr. Lundberg also has had 27 years combined experience as Editor in Chief of The Journal of the American Medical Association, 10 AMA specialty journals, AMA News, Medscape, The Medscape Journal and e-Medicine from Web MD.

Born in Florida, he grew up in rural Silverhill, Alabama, and did his undergraduate work at North Park College and the University of Alabama before attending medical school at the University of Alabama School of Medicine (now UAB Heersink School of Medicine). He completed a clinical internship in Hawaii and a pathology residency in San Antonio, then served in the US army during the Vietnam War in San Francisco and El Paso, leaving as a lieutenant colonel after 11 years.

Dr. Lundberg was then Professor of Pathology and Associate Director of Laboratories at the Los Angeles County/University of Southern California Medical Center for 10 years, and for five years was Professor and Chair of Pathology at the University of California-Davis. Dr. Lundberg has worked in tropical medicine in Central America and Forensic Medicine in New York, Sweden and England. His major professional interests are toxicology, violence, communication, physician behavior, strategic management and health system reform.

He holds earned and degrees from North Park College, Baylor University, the University of Alabama, the State University of New York, Syracuse, Thomas Jefferson University and the Medical College of Ohio.

A past president of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, he is a frequent lecturer, radio and television guest, and a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, In 2000, the Industry Standard dubbed Dr. Lundberg “Online Health Care's Medicine Man.”

He and his wife, Dr. Patricia Lundberg, have five children and eight grandchildren.

John C. Martin, Ph.D., MBA

John C. Martin, Ph.D., MBA

San Francisco, California

The son of two chemists, John C. Martin earned a bachelor of science degree from Purdue University (where he met his wife, Rosemary, at an undergraduate mixer), and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He later earned an MBA in marketing from Golden State University.
After post-doctoral work at Syntex Corporation (now Roche Bioscience), he remained with Syntex from 1978-1984 as a researcher and senior research section leaders. One of his achievements during this time was the invention of Cytovene, which can treat viral infections in the eye often suffered by AIDS patients.

He held several leadership positions at Bristol-Meyers Squibb, where he worked as director of antiviral chemistry until 1990, when he joined Gilead Sciences. He most recently served as Chair of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of Gilead.

Dr. Martin serves on the University of Southern California Board of Trustees. Dr. Martin previously served as President of the International Society for Antiviral Research, Chairman of the Board of Directors of BayBio and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the California Healthcare Institute. He served on the National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases Council, the Board of Directors of the Biotechnology Industry Organization, the Board of Directors for CHI, the Board of Trustees of the University of Chicago, the Board of Trustees of Golden Gate University and the External Scientific Advisory Board of the University of California School of Global Health. Additionally, Dr. Martin served on the Centers for Disease Control/Health Resources and Services Administration’s Advisory Committee on HIV and STD Prevention and Treatment and was a member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS.

He has received the Isbell Award from the American Chemical Society and the Gertrude B. Elion Award for Scientific Excellence from the International Society for Antiviral Research. In 2008, Dr. Martin was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering of the National Academies.

Martine A. Rothblatt, Ph.D., MBA, JD

Martine A. Rothblatt, Ph.D., MBA, JD

Satellite Beach, Florida

Martine Rothblatt is Chairman & CEO of United Therapeutics, a biotechnology company she started to save the life of one of her daughters. The company offers FDA-approved medicines for pulmonary hypertension and neuroblastoma and is working on manufacturing an unlimited supply of transplantable organs. The company built and operates from the world’s largest site zero carbon footprint building (the “Unisphere”), and is repeatedly selected as one of the best medium-size companies at which to work.

Dr. Rothblatt previously created and led Sirius XM as its Chairman & CEO and launched other satellite systems for navigation and international television broadcasting. In the field of aviation her Sirius XM satellite system enhances safety with real-time digital weather information to pilots in flight nationwide. She also designed the world’s first electric helicopter and piloted it to a Guinness world record for speed, altitude and flight duration.

In the legal arena, Dr. Rothblatt led efforts of the transgender community to establish their own health law standards, and of the International Bar Association to protect autonomy rights in genetic information via an international treaty. She also published dozens of scholarly articles and papers on the law of outer space, resulting in her election to the International Institute of Space Law, and represented the radio astronomy community’s scientific research interests before the Federal Communications Commission.

She has Bachelor’s (Communications Studies, Summa Cum Laude), JD (Order of the Coif) and MBA degrees from UCLA, which in 2018 awarded her its highest recognition, the UCLA Medal, as well as a Ph.D. in Medical Ethics from the Royal London School of Medicine & Dentistry. Her patented inventions cover aspects of satellite communication, medicinal biochemistry, electric aviation and cognitive software.

Dr. Rothblatt’s recent books are on xenotransplantation (Your Life or Mine), gender identity (Transgender to Transhuman) and cyber ethics (Virtually Human). She occasionally posts on Instagram @transbinary and Twitter @skybiome.